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PUBLIC ACCESS 2: w/ Andy Stott, Demdike Stare, Balam Acab, oOoOO
Club culture is inherently performative. PUBLIC ACCESS is an experiment in the nature of that performance. A feedback loop of spectacle and spectator. Featuring acts whose high-concept, visually minded stage shows are as at home in the gallery as they are on the dance floor. For this Autumnal installment we have decided to bring through some of our favorite forward thinking, and darker minded acts.
Andy Stott is a DJ and producer from Manchester, UK. Since his debut Replace EP in 2005, he has released four full-length albums, five more EPs, and several singles. Drawing inspiration from the usual dub techno suspects and fusing them with minimalist ideals and bathwater-warm melodies and textures, Stott’s tracks offer a deep home listening experience, as well as the requisite punch to make club floors move. Blessed with an ear for space and a knack for constructing tracks that are simultaneously smooth and rumbling, Stott neatly strides the axis between intelligent techno, dub techno and dubstep.
Demdike Stare is the occult project of Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty. Miles is also known as Modern Love’s DJ MLZ or as one half of Pendle Coven. Sean Canty is the dedicated digger behind the Haxan events and a member of the respected Finders Keepers crew of vinyl vultures.
The duo’s collaborative project tracks the sonic ley lines of cult soundtracks, Arabesque dubs and psychotomimetic ephemera with a proper Lancastrian twist.
Their releases, notable for their beautiful cover design by Andy Votel, have included Symbiosis, Liberation Through Hearing, Voices of Dust and Forest of Evil. In 2011 the latter three were compiled as Tryptych.
The project of Pennsylvanias Alec Koone, Balam Acab (named after a Mayan demigod who created rainbows by piercing clouds with arrows) began as an experimental noise project while he was a high school student.
Fuzzy, almost dubsteppy bits of gently glitchy gauziness, angelic vocals, wreathed in reverb, drifting over swirling industrial loops and shimmering synths. Totally blissed out and otherworldly. Recalling The Caretaker, Pole, Broadcast and Boards of Canada, and even the canonical chill-out of Global Communication and The KLF.
Sumptuous, psychedelic, richly melodic: Balam Acab’s latest album is a joy to listen to, and confirms he is a singular, exacting artist who exists in spite of, not because of, contemporary trends. Highly recommended. Triangle Records
oOoOO (Chris Dexter) is a producer from Newark, New Jersey living in San Francisco. His tunes blend elements of mainstream pop, italo disco, southern rap, the Eastern European mystical traditions, and often feature female vocalists. Dexter’s earliest years were spent listening to music and looking out the window of his Russian grandmother’s Brooklyn tarot and palm reading parlor. Though he did not learn to read or write in English until he was 10, Dexter was reading sheet music and playing the piano from about age 6. The Wire’s David Keenan has said oOoOO’s sound feels like an amalgam of Steven Stapleton and DJ Screw, “albeit with a taste for Top 40 effluvia.” He released his first EP on Tri Angle Records in October 2010. In addition to his original tunes, oOoOO has produced numerous remixes, including official tracks for The Big Pink, HIM, Salem, and Marina and the Diamonds, as well as unofficial versions of Lady Gaga and Nadia Oh tunes.